• Agriculture news from the Rogue Valley
Updated Dec 31, 2014 at 12:28 AM

The latest U.S. Department of Agriculture farm price report shows pears are holding their own in the marketplace.Increased demand for pears from California canneries gave Oregon and Washington crop prices a boost.That's the good news for Rogue Valley growers."The cannery market in California was very strong and that set the floor for the fresh fruit that had to be recognized when we went to market here," said Jacksonville resident Scott Martinez, vice president of sales...

Updated Dec 9, 2014 at 12:24 AM

The agriculture arm of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians has transformed the Rogue River Ranch in a matter of 18 months.K-BAR Ranches Corp., established in 1976 and acquired by the Cow Creek Band in 2001, purchased...

Updated Dec 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

If rampant isn't the best word to describe the growth of Southern Oregon's wine industry, it's close.The 2013 Oregon vineyard and winery census released in October, suggests such an assertion, merely relying on numbers. The annual survey...

Updated Nov 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Jackson County voters passed a ban on GMO crops last May. Now the courts will test the ordinance's validity. Two county farms that grow Roundup Ready alfalfa filed suit Tuesday asking a state court to overturn the voter-approved...

Updated Nov 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Two Jackson County farms that grow Roundup Ready alfalfa have filed a lawsuit asking a state court to end the county's voter-approved ban on genetically modified crops or force the county to pay them $4.2 million, which they claim is the value of...

Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The narrow majority no voters held 11 days ago in Oregon's GMO labeling measure is melting away.While elections officials evaluate the validating of a few thousand uncounted ballots, the pro Measure 92 forces are picking up steam, both in...

Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Those who know Harry & David well don't expect a lot of dollar signs when it comes to the bottom line during July, August and September.The same holds true for Harry & David's new parent company, 1-800-Flowers.com.Just as...

Updated Oct 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

The falling leaves of red and gold signal more than the inevitable transition from fall to winter.In Medford it triggers Rogue Disposal & Recycling's annual leaf roundup, scheduled to begin next week.Between the first week...

Updated Oct 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

They came by car and truck, bus and bikes — even skateboards.

Updated Oct 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Umpqua Holdings Corp. more than doubled its third-quarter net earnings to $58.8 million from $23.3 million a year ago.The parent company of Umpqua Bank said Thursday its per-share earnings rose to 27 cents from 21 cents a year...

Updated Oct 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Gourmet food and gift giant Harry & David says it will hire more than 1,100 to handle holiday call-center operations and 1,300 overall for seasonal production and shipping needs.

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